You were recently chosen (alongside the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donavan, and others) to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thanks to your work with iconic hard rock band Guns N' Roses. You're receiving this prestigious honor from your industry peers for the trailblazing influence of your music despite the fact that you really only had one great album (Appetite for Destruction is still pretty amazing. Everything else is "meh"). They're even letting you in despite the fact that it took you fifteen years and $14 million to make the trainwreck known as Chinese Democracy. So how do you reward your legions of fans who wondered if the Hall of Fame would ever be hip enough to acknowledge your influence and show your gratitude to your peers for bestowing this honor on you? You throw a child's temper tantrum.
Here you are, in your own words, describing your decision to turn down your induction into the Hall of Fame.
"I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of 'Guns N' Roses'."
You also add these little gems. ""In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I've publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing's changed." as well as "Since the announcement of the nomination we've actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, 'damned if I do, damned if I don't' scenario all the way around."
We can understand your reasons for not wanting to perform on stage with your former bandmates at the ceremony. Though it's a long-standing tradition that bands put aside their differences for at least one night to remind the world why we loved them in the first place, you are no longer on remotely friendly terms with Slash or Duff McKagan. It probably doesn't say the best thing about you that you can't put your ego and your pride aside for one night for your friends, but at least it's a decision we can comprehend. However, completely turning down your induction (and expressing your desire to not even be inducted in absentia) over petty grievances with your bandmates and disappointment with your current portrayal in the media is beneath a rock legend of your status.
Johnny Rotten you are not. When the Sex Pistols referred to the Hall of Fame as "a piss stain," they could get away with it cause they're the Sex Pistols. They're punk and anti-establishment. You're part of a major record label (Interscope). You're a grown man and regardless of how you've spent the last decade obliterating your relationship with your fans, you're better than this. We can't tell you what to do, but for the man who helped make rock music fun again, you're sure acting pretty uptight. At the end, it doesn't even seem to matter what you tell the Hall of Fame because, it appears they're inducting you anyways. It may be time to get over yourself Axl. Remember these days when you knocked the music world on its collective ass?